Tonight's lineup: Ryan Howard Phillies' DH; Maikel Franco sits with mild right knee sprain


Updated: 5:30 p.m.

Both Tommy Joseph and Ryan Howard are in the Phillies' lineup for Monday's series opener in Toronto, Joseph starting at first base and Howard serving as the designated hitter.

The Phils play two games at Rogers Centre this week, giving Howard an opportunity for playing time after Joseph officially moved ahead of him on the depth chart. Howard has the most experience of any Phillies hitter against Monday's opponent, R.A. Dickey, against whom he's 4 for 22 (.182) with no extra-base hits, no walks and five strikeouts.

Joseph has never faced Dickey. It will be a new test for the young first baseman, facing an experienced knuckleballer.

Maikel Franco sits for the Phillies because of a mild right knee sprain (see story). He's considered day to day after suffering the injury in a rundown during Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Nationals in which he hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning. Andres Blanco starts at third base and bats third.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Andres Blanco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Ryan Howard, DH
6. Carlos Ruiz, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
9. Peter Bourjos, RF

Jose Bautista (thigh) returns to the Blue Jays' lineup as the DH after missing a few games. 

Starters Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin get the night off, while Troy Tulowitzki (quad) remains out for Toronto.

1. Jose Bautista, DH
2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
3. Michael Saunders, LF
4. Justin Smoak, 1B
5. Kevin Pillar, CF
6. Ezequiel Carrera, RF
7. Darwin Barney, SS
8. Devon Travis, 2B
9. Josh Thole, C

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